It is not emptiness,
but redemption. A redemption
after the emptiness
that comes with the hope of a blessing,
after there is no further down,
there is only up or death.
It is not suffering that bears such wisdom,
but the surrender and acceptance of God’s love
no matter what – it is the purity of that acceptance,
the absoluteness of it
that matters, that causes the miracle –
playing out like a walk across the sun
without going blind or getting burned.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “New Mystics” August 2017
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